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Funding News - Research Sought on the Biology of Manual Therapies

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites grant applications for research on the biology of manual therapies. This announcement is made together with 6 other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).*

Manual therapies include a host of techniques that focus primarily on the structures and systems of the body, including bones and joints, soft tissues, and the circulatory and lymphatic systems. Because all body parts are interrelated, common to these approaches to healing is the belief that reducing stresses and improving alignment of the skeleton and its associated soft tissues will elicit the body's innate ability to heal.

Areas of research interest include, but are not limited to: measurement of physiological changes that may result from manual therapies, with emphasis on the nervous system, immune system, endocrine system, and interactions thereof; biomechanical characterization of manual therapies; characterization of normal and pathologic joint and muscle biomechanics, and the impact of manual therapies on the biomechanics of these tissues; development of animal and in vitro models that can be used to study the mechanisms underlying manual therapies; and development of new technologies to study the biomechanics of manual therapies in real time.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Daofen Chen, Program Director, Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Cluster, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2131, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: 301-496-1917; fax: 301-402-1501; e-mail:

*For a full list of supporting components and a more detailed description of this announcement, please visit the NIH web site at: